Many families visit the Florida Gulf each year and stay in hotels or Florida Gulf condo's and villas. Whether they are staying for 2 to 3 days or taking a week or two on vacation all of them have one thing on their mind - visiting the white sandy beaches of the Florida Gulf. In this article we will cover some of the best beaches in Florida and try to supply some tips for each of them.
Anclote Island, Fl.
Anclote Key is one of four islands that make up the Anclote Key Preserve State Park. This beach is a 4 mile stretch of sandy beach with shallow waters ideal for swimming, and a popular location for those who wish to study local nature with lots of birdlife and marine sands. Access is via a ferry which leaves from Tarpon Springs - make sure to bring your supplies such as water and food.
Clearwater Beach, Fl.
One of the more well-known beaches on the Florida Gulf, Clearwater has beautiful white sandy beaches and clear blue inviting waters. It's also home to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium whose most famous guest is the movie star Winter the Dolphin from "Dolphins Tale". Clearwater has some fantastic restaurants and many other attractions such as Pier 60 where you can see the most amazing sunsets and nightly art and craft fairs with entertainment from 18:00 to 21:00. If music is your thing, in October there is the Clearwater Jazz festival which runs for 4 days.
Indian Rocks Beach, Fl.
A Short drive from Tampa or St Petersburg and you are in Indian Rocks Beach, almost 3 miles of Florida Gulf beach with 27 access points to the beach. There are many small, diverse restaurants in the town to cater for everyone and there is also an Indian Rocks historical museum. Available to rent are boats, paddle boards, surf boards and bicycles for your pleasure.
Indian Shores, Fl.
Approximately 2.5 miles of wide sandy beach and the home to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a non-profit organization for the rescue and rehabilitation of wild birds. Indian Shores is a barrier island and attracts many tourists because of its proximity to some of the more famous Florida attractions such as Busch gardens making it a very popular resort. It is host to many restaurants and gift stores, and provides restrooms, outdoor showers, and a large metered parking lot.
Redington Shores, Fl.
Located midway between St Petersburg and Clearwater it is just 30 minutes from Tampa airport. A Large stretch of sandy beach with 5 access points, providing restrooms, showers and 170 parking spaces. It also has two boardwalks and sand dunes to help protect the area. Redington Shores receives over 600,000 visitors each year. The beach also has water sports, recreation and boating facilities.
St Petersburg Beach, Fl.
Originally made up of four separate beaches, now collectively known as St Pete Beach (located on Long Key) this area is one of the best known spots in Florida for surfing. On Tripadvisor it has been voted the Number 1 beach in the USA and Number 5 in the world with its beautiful sandy beaches drawing the holidaymakers back to the area year after year. There is so much to do from shopping and dining to gift shops and farmers' markets. The area boasts 361 days of sunshine! Visit our href="http://www.floridavillarentals.us/portfolio/gulfvacations/#" target="_blank" title="Florida Gulf vacations">Florida Gulf vacations page on http://www.floridavillarentals.us to locate some vacation homes.
Treasure Island, Fl.
A plethora of white sandy beaches, Treasure Island beach has a very laid back feel to it. If you're looking for a location for the 'that' special occasion, Treasure Island is one of the more popular venues for beach weddings with many companies offering this service. Treasure Island is also well-known for its sand sculptures and offers a variety of activities such as dolphin watching, jet ski, kyak and bicycle rentals. Ideal for a family vacation.
Anna Maria Island, Fl.
Anna Maria Island has six beautiful beaches to choose from - Bradenton Beach, Coquina Beach, Cortez Beach, Holmes Beach, Manatee Beach and Anna Maria Beach. Located just outside Bradenton, Anna Maria Island is a seven mile long island whose entire coastline is surrounded by beautiful white beaches. An ideal location for marine life, frequently seen off the coast are manatees, dolphins and turtles. Manatee Beach is a public area with water boat and jet-ski rentals and an abundance of shops and restaurants. Park up and ride the trolleys to really see this area. We have some Florida Gulf Vacation homes on Bradenton beach just waiting for you.
Sarasota Siesta Key Beach, Fl.
Siesta Key beach is world known for the finest and whitest sand in the world, as voted in 1987. A barrier island 8 miles long and a popular vacation resort where dolphins and manatee are often seen off the coast. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to peruse or relax on the beautiful sands or play in the surf. We have some properties available for Florida Gulf vacations and they will provide that relaxing environment for you and your family.
There is a Beach Trolley service providing tourists and residents transportation access to many of the beaches listed above running from Clearwater beach to Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Redington Shores, Redington Beach and Treasure Island. You can hop off at the shops or go to a beach in one of the other towns. Running every 20 minutes from 05:00 until 22:00 Sunday to Thursday and 24:00 on Friday and Saturday. Make sure you have exact change as no change is given!